The 2023 New Voices Program Cohort
Raleigh Little Theatre and The Ink Project are excited to introduce you to the writers chosen for our 2023 New Voices Program cohort. Read more about the New Voices Program here and learn about each participant below:
Courtney Guthrie (They/She)
Courtney Guthrie is a writer and anthropologist from North Carolina. While attending Elon University for Anthropology and Drama & Theater Studies, Courtney had the opportunities to work in student-led productions, participate in collaborative creation of devised theater pieces, and conduct independent undergraduate mixed-method research. Most of Courtney’s work focuses on memorialization, structures of community, the relationship between our histories and futures, and performance theory. When not writing, Courtney can be found playing guitar, making her loved ones laugh, or staring at the wall.
Griffin James (They/He)
Griffin is a writer and theatre maker local to the triangle area. With a background in poetry, Griffin studied Creative Writing at NCSU and has published over a dozen poems across several publications including Inlandia Literary Journal, The Rye Whiskey Review and more. Griffin was the winner of the 2016 Ross Andrews Nature Poetry Contest, a finalist for the 2018 NC State Poetry Contest, and their play “Heritage” received an Honorable Mention for the 2020 Creative Artist Playwriting contest through ARTS NC State. When not writing, Griffin can be found performing, directing, or watching horror movies with their cat Mr. Mocha Latte.
Ana Sanchez (She/Her)
Ana Sanchez is an actor, writer and deviser who graduated with her MFA in acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2022. Comfortable with both classical and contemporary text, her most recent work is ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’, a one-woman show she wrote, produced, directed and performed for the 2022 Emergence Festival. Ana also co-wrote and performed in ‘Risk Assessment’, a film submitted as part of the 2021 On the Verge Festival. She is interested in performing and writing work marked by vulnerability, emotional resonance, and rigorous dramaturgical thought.
Roni Nicole (She/They)
Roni Nicole is a professional wrestler, author, activist, model, actress, dancer and choreographer. Her passion for the arts began at a very early age and has since blossomed into a successful and fulfilling international entertainment career. Born in Houston, Texas, Roni refers to herself as ‘Houston born but Carolina bred’ and her love for the South is only matched by her endeavors to improve its conditions through her arts, poetry, prose, and activism. Roni is a Senior at East Carolina University where she is receiving her second undergraduate degree in University Studies with a thematic core of Consumer Behavior and Event Services.
Nic Johnson (He/Him)
Nic Johnson is an emerging writer and artist based in Orange County, NC. He received his Bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2013 with a focus in photojournalism. Professionally, Nic has produced marketing and events for nonprofits and for profits for over six years. With his creative writing he aims to inspire learning and empowerment through compelling conversation and diverse characters.